Recently, a primary school student’s essay about her fear of human trafficking went viral on the Internet. The essay was titled “I Hope to Come Back Alive from Taking Out the Garbage”.
The essay discusses a mother who asked her little girl to go downstairs to take the garbage out. But the girl was scared that she might encounter people trafficking in children.
She was worried that she might be put into a sack and thrown into the river. She hoped to come back alive after going downstairs with the garbage.
The girl’s fear is based on feelings of China being unsafe. There have been many recent reports of tragedy resulting from human trafficking in children in the news. The remains of a 7-year-old boy were found in a septic tank in Hunan Province. His organs had been extracted and his scalp had been removed. In Fujian Province, a young girl was found flattened to death. In Baotou City, a 7-year-old girl was decapitated by her neighbor. In Shanxi Province, a 6-year-old boy’s eyes were dug out. Cases like these are related to the profitable trade in human organs.
Netizens who read the young girl’s essay commented that the Chinese authorities did not give children reason to feel comfortable and safe. One asked if there was any hope for Chinese society.
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